Posted by: Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes | February 5, 2009

The 10 Biggest Weight Loss Mistakes #9: Not Getting Enough Sleep

     I’m guessing this one surprises you.  What does sleep have to do with weight loss?  According to recent research, a great deal.  Researchers at Columbia University studied the sleeping habits of more than 18,000 people and found that those who got less than four hours of sleep per night were 73% more likely to be obese than those who got seven to nine hours nightly.  Even those who got six hours of sleep were 23% more likely to be obese.  Conversely, those who averaged ten or more hours of sleep were 11% less likely to be obese.  It appears that a lack of sleep can increase ghrelin, which is an appetite stimulating hormone.  This, in turn, triggers a decrease in leptin, which is believed to help control appetite.  The result is an increase in hunger, caloric intake and weight.  So my advice is to sleep tight, for at least seven hours, every night!

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The 10 Biggest Weight Loss Mistakes # 10 – Giving Up

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